Over £20,000 raised for junior golf
SUPPORTERS of junior grassroots golf from the world of business, media and sport came together to enjoy the 28th Golf Foundation Pro-Am, held recently at the excellent London Golf Club
The golf tournament, auction and dinner created an excellent fundraising effort from all involved, with more than £20,000 being raised for the Golf Foundation, the charity that makes golf more accessible to youngsters from all backgrounds and helps to grow participation in golf clubs through initiatives including the PGA-endorsed Junior Golf Passport.
With strong backing from the European Tour, the tour players and invited members from the Ladies European Tour led 22 teams in competition on the superbly set-up Heritage Course at London Golf Club in Kent.
From this challenge, it was four teams with experienced players that rose to the top. The R&A team secured fourth position, the London Golf Club team used their local knowledge to finish third, and were denied joining a three-way tie for first place by just one point.
The PGA team and European Tour Properties both finished on 83 points, with the PGA winning the prestigious Wickham Shield thanks to a countback on the back nine.
Brendon Pyle, acting chief executive of the Golf Foundation, praised the teams and commended the greenkeepers for the fantastic condition of the course. He said: “We would like to thank every player for their contribution and a fantastic fundraising effort today.
“Their support and the support from all golfers really is appreciated as our HSBC Golf Roots programme is introducing over half a million young people to golf every year and, last year, created 2,500 new junior members in clubs.
“The European Tour is a great supporter of our cause and this event of course, where friends come together to raise funds to encourage the next generation of players, so a huge thank you to the European Tour and all the professionals who encouraged the teams so well.”